Everyone loves Pinterest! Here are my favorite picks from June. All these articles were found on Pinterest and can be found on one of my boards. Clicking on the image will bring you directly to the article. All images have been copied from the original pin and are not my own.
I’d like to start with this gem from my fellow #authortoolbox-er, a self proclaimed scribbler named Drew. I loved this post because he admitted up front that he was telling me something I probably knew and he didn’t take his own advice very often. Drew offers some great strategies for building just a little more writing time in between your daily life.
Let’s face it, even those of us who are lucky enough to write full-time still have life. I have kids who need to be driven, doctors who expect us to show up on time, a house to keep clean, dinner to make and the grocery store to go to so I can make it. If that doesn’t sound exhausting then I don’t know what does. In addition to that I work thirty hours a week at this writing gig. Some of my author friends do all this and work a part or a full-time job!
Hat’s off to you!
I don’t know how you do it. Let Drew give you a few ideas for making more time in your day.
You’ve found more time to write, how do you put that time to good use? Create a schedule of course! My regular readers know that I like to stay organized. Well, I like to try and stay organized, it doesn’t always work. Let Haley of Whatever Bright Things tell you how she created a schedule that worked for her. What I love most about her article, two things, she doesn’t tell you there is only one way, and she doesn’t shame you for not writing every day. All she does is encourage you to find a routine and talk about hers. My kind of encouragement.
Are you a software junkie? I love software so when I saw this pin my eyes lit up. Was there some software that could help me be more organized, more productive? The truth is software is only as useful as you make it. My high school algebra teacher always said, about our calculators, garbage in, garbage out. He was referring to us putting in the wrong numbers and expecting to get the right answer, but the same theory holds true with writing. If all you are doing is writing down ideas and you’re not putting the effort into developing them, which no software can do, then you won’t ever move ahead with a project.
Since this months Pinterest round up seems to be focused on time, routine and focus I thought a Myers-Brigg assessment was appropriate. I’m an INFP with a leaning towards ISTP when I’m feeling my most brave. It helps to know how you face the world so you can plan your days. If you’re an introvert then spending days locked in your office with a laptop and Pandora won’t drive you insane. If you’re an extrovert you’ll be screaming by your first lunch break. Me, personally? I’m a highly sensitive extrovert. I love people and social contact but I’m so sensitive to the emotions of those around me that I wear out quickly. What’s your Myers-Brigg and how does it affect your work?
I recently discovered Ted Talks. I’m impressed. And I’m secretly dying to do my own because I love public speaking and teaching. Ted Talks combine let me do those together! Anyway, this is my final article this week because I thought if you are having trouble finding time to write, or forming a schedule you can wrap your head around then you might need some work related encouragement. Here are my thoughts on each of the four in this article.
The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor. (12 min) I really enjoyed this talk. Shawn is funny and personable to listen to and he interjects his great ideas with good humor. He offers great thoughts on the root of true happiness and how to achieve it. My favorite myth he debunked: “If I work harder, I’ll be more successful, if I’m more successful I’ll be happier.” It’s not true. Listen to Shawn. What’s your secret to happiness?
10 Top Time-saving Tech Tips by David Pogue. (6 min) I knew a lot of these but still if I hadn’t, and it’s likely I might not have, then I’d be glad to learn them. Do you know any tech tips that save time?
How to Save the World (Or At Least Yourself) From Bad Meetings by David Grady. (7 min) David talks about how those around us steal time from us and we allow it. Intentionality, we must choose to be distracted from our work/goals or continue to allow them to be stolen. He offers some great strategies to help us retake control. How do you take control of your time?
Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking by Paolo Cardini. (3 min) Paolo talks about the importance and ideal of slowing down to focus on a single activity. He doesn’t suggest this as a cure all, but as a way to reconnect. I’ve tried this with my work and have had amazing results. I used to spend a couple of hours each day working on my blog posts before I turned my attention to fiction but I found it hard to shift gears. In May I made the decision to write all my June blog posts the last week of May and schedule them. Then as they post all I have to do is share them on social media which I do during the time I set aside for that. It’s been amazingly freeing to know that the only writing I have to focus on this week is my current WIP. No changing gears, no splitting focus, just full on immersion in a project I’m loving. And the last week of the month? It’s July 1st as I write this, I ran over this month because the dog needed to see the vet, I’m relaxed, fully focused on the blog. I’m not rushing to finish so I can get to my WIP. Of course I want to work on my WIP. I’m incredibly excited about it, but I also need to build my blog and I don’t mind taking the time to build it. How do you focus on monotasking?
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